Maternal Vitamin C, Cut Babies Risk Of Heart Diseases

Maternal Vitamin C during Pregnancy can cut protect the baby from the risk of hypertension and heart diseases in adulthood. Heart disease is the greatest killer in the world today, and it is widely accepted that our genes interact with traditional lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, obesity and/or a sedentary life to promote an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  However, a new study on sheep, by a team from Cambridge University, finds that babies born from pregnancies complicated by chronic hypoxia have increased indicators of cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and stiffer blood vessels.

Chronic hypoxia or lower-than-normal oxygen levels in the developing baby within the womb is one of the most common outcomes of complicated pregnancy in humans.

It occurs as a result of problems within the placenta, as can occur in preeclampsia, gestational diabetes or maternal smoking,It turns out that vitamin C is a comparatively weak antioxidant, and while the Cambridge study provides a proof-of-principle, future work will focus on identifying alternative antioxidant therapies that could prove more effective in human clinical practice,